Well if you're alone, they dont usually bother you. If I'm with a group, I'll try and take THEIR picture first (you know, flip the script). Otherwise, we just let them take the picture...sometimes we actually buy the picture. It seems to me that a lot of you all get there right when the park opens. By getting there a few hours after opening, there is already a lot of commotion around that area so you can easily blend in with the crowd and never get accosted. jeremy
If I have been to the park already, I talk to them and take up their time. If it is the first time I have been to a park or haven't ridden a coaster at the park I am at, I just say no. Just say no to camera trolls. I have also taken pictures of them on a few occasions
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I've taken to walking into the gate with the camera turned on if I have it with me. That way, when one of 'em says, "How about a picture today?" I can simply say, "Sure...", whip out the camera, and push the CAPTURE button. :)
I got a couple of 'em last season.
Speaking of which...am I the only one who thinks the parks need to do a little better with this? I have to give some credit to Kings Island. They have a gorgeous entry plaza just beyond the gate, and the camera people will frequently have people stand in front of the fountain and take their photos that way. But apart from that, most of the time the camera people just snap the pictures as the people come walking in. The background? The back of the entrance gate, which is usually the ugliest thing in the whole park. Parks really ought to come up with some way of prettying up that side of the gate. Yeah, most people won't see it when they are in the park, but that's the background for every guerrella photo the park's guerellas will shoot...
Oh, another point for PKI...I noticed last season they were snapping photos at other places in the park as well as at the front gate. I wonder if it made for better photos, and if it did, if it made for better sales...
When we do let the trolls take our pictures, we usually point in some direction of camera and look like were terrified. Makes a neat photo and our picture has been used as a model at a few parks for awhile...not sure if they still are :)
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RideMan you hit the nail right on the head. Belmont Babe and I have frequently commented upon the fact that what is the background for these people is usually turnstiles and blank walls. Real photogenic. It wouldn't take a whole lot of planning to set them up in a much more suitable location.